LIVE BLOG: Latest NFL COVID News Affecting Fantasy Football
Howard Bender and the Fantasy Alarm team keep you 100% updated on all the latest NFL cancellations and game postponements due to COVID-19.
In the spirit of the original Fantasy Alarm tag-line, "Never start an injured player again," we felt it was necessary to keep you fantasy football players as up to date as possible with all the news regarding NFL game cancellations and postponements due to COVID-19. Not that all of these players involved are injured, but when one team is infected, as we've seen with the Tennessee Titans, they drag down their opposition for the week. Those of you who lost Ben Roethlisberger , JuJu Smith-Schuster and James Conner back in Week 4 know what we're talking about.
Each week, we will post the latest information so you are able to track what has happened, which teams are most directly affected and whether or not the games will be played during the current week's scoring period. This was, if you see a team or, more specifically, one of your players affected, you can head over to our Waiver Wire article or Injury Report and figure out which players will be worth your while for replacements. The NFL DFS Playbook will also have COVID-19 updates as well.
Lots of negative tests for the Browns, save for one assistant line coach. Game should play without issue.
Best-case scenario in Cleveland: All Mesa testing done and only the assistant offensive line coach - a prior HRCC - is positive, per source. Players from yesterday and today tested negative, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 8, 2021
Sunday night vs. Steelers is on.
So far, no new positive tests for Cleveland. If there are no positive tests between now and the weekend, the game between the Browns and Steelers will play as scheduled.
As long as there are no more positive tests, Sunday night‘s Browns-Steelers game will be played as scheduled. Issue arises if there are more positives... https://t.co/DMHvfEYpSA— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 6, 2021
The Cleveland Browns COVID outbreak continues as coaches, including Kevin Stefanski, and two more players have tested positive. The Browns are closing their facility today.
Browns COVID outbreak continues: HC Kevin Stefanski, two other coaches and two players have COVID issues, sources tell ESPN. Browns are closing their facility.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 5, 2021
This is how the Browns are handling the situation:
We were informed this morning that Head Coach Kevin Stefanski, two additional members of the coaching staff and two players have tested positive for COVID-19.— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) January 5, 2021
Our contingency planning calls for Special Teams Coordinator Mike Priefer to serve as the acting Head Coach. pic.twitter.com/Mhh9Zt1e4d
Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Fitzpatrick has tested positive for COVID-19. Supposedly there are no close-contacts on the team, but the Doplphins are still invesitgating.
The NFL conducted its usual contact tracing after Ryan Fitzpatrick 's positive COVID-19 test, and no other #Dolphins players were identified as high-risk close contacts -- including Tua Tagovailoa. The league will continue to monitor, but a good sign Miami followed protocols. https://t.co/vV4hiIxDWl— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) December 31, 2020
Four players for the Cleveland Browns will not be available for their Week 17 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers
So at least four players -- Malcolm Smith , Harrison Bryant, LB B.J. Goodson and S Andrew Sendejo -- won't be available Sunday against the #Steelers. Contact tracing and further testing will determine if any others are ruled out, too. https://t.co/qPcC6q9QMq— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) December 31, 2020
The Cleveland Browns have shut down their facility in the wake of more positive tests and close contact by more players. Here is the link to Mary Kay Cabot's article on Cleveland.com
Jarvis Landry , Rashard Higgins and Donovan People-Jones have been deemed High-Risk-Close-Contacts, per @mortreport and me. Browns awaiting further instruction but all three now could be out Sunday vs. Jets. https://t.co/TyMsq3IPhV— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 26, 2020
Chargers TE Hunter Henry has been placed on the reserve/COVID list and will not play in Week 16
The Lions will conduct meetings remotely Tuesday after two positive COVID-19 tests.
One #Lions player and one non-player tested positive for COVID-19, per league source. The team facility is closed and players and coaches are meeting virtually, with contact tracing ongoing.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) December 22, 2020
Ravens coach John Harbaugh said the three wide receivers on reserve/COVID list -- Hollywood Brown, Miles Boykin and James Proche -- still appear like they will be available to play Sunday.— Jamison Hensley (@jamisonhensley) December 18, 2020
"Everything is on track at this time, and hopefully will stay on track," he said.
Giants head coach Jason Garrett has tested positive for COVID-19. Freddie Kitchens will take over play-calling for the Giants on Sunday against his former team, the Browns.
So Freddie Kitchens calls plays against...the Browns. https://t.co/819PQRNDUJ— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 17, 2020
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Ronald Jones has been placed on the reserve/COVID list and now may not be available for Week 15
Buccaneers placed RB Ronald Jones on Reseve/COVID list.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 16, 2020
Three more players place on the reserve/COVID list with Miami RB Myles Gaskin being the biggest impact player for fantasy. None of the three are expected to be available for Week 15 either.
The three players placed on the COVID-19 list today - Dolphins RB Myles Gaskin, Lions DE Everson Griffen and Rams OLB Jachai Polite - were all as a result of a positive test.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) December 12, 2020
Based off of NFL protocols, that makes it unlikely we will see any of them play in Week 15 as well.
The Houston Texans have place RB David Johnson on the reserve/COVID list
Texans placed RB David Johnson on the reserve/COVID list.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 11, 2020
The Chicago Bearss have closed their facility after a positive COVID-19 test. Contact tracing has commenced and further testing is being done.
The Carolina Panthers have shut down their team facility today and WR D.J. Moore has been placed on the reserve/COVID list.
#Panthers WR DJ Moore is among the players being added to the COVID-19 reserve list, source said. A key offensive weapon.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 7, 2020
All games are good to go for today.
NFL had one player positive test overnight, but all games are a go today.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 6, 2020
Another round of new COVID policies from the Commissioner's Office. Changes limits to number of players for traveling teams as well as limits personal interactions for two days following a game.
Beginning this week, teams traveling no longer limited to 62 players. Players only meet virtually Monday and Tuesday after Sunday, a continuation of policy enacted after Thanksgiving. Policies evolve to risk exposure. pic.twitter.com/ixLLeNlUJj— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 4, 2020
The NFL is further considering added isolation (a potential bubble in multiple locations?) for the playoffs.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell acknowledged what @RapSheet and I reported last weekend: The league is considering further isolating players and other personnel during the playoffs amidst a nationwide COVID-19 spike. Background: https://t.co/yAg1TO3dbu @gmfb @nflnetwork pic.twitter.com/DvtxCBgJHi— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) December 3, 2020
Roger Goodell: "We don’t see the bubble as most refer to it in one location. We feel strongly our protocols are working. We’re willing to adjust and adapt those protocols, take additional steps. But I don’t see us doing the bubble in the sense that the media focuses on it."— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 2, 2020
The Steelers are placing C Maurkice Pouncey on the reserve/COVID list ahead of today's game. He will not be available.
Steelers are placing C Maurkice Pouncey on the Reserve/COVID list before today's game against the Baltimore Ravens, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 2, 2020
Latest update on Ravens travel plans to Pittsburgh for Wednesday's game:
The #Ravens are slated to fly to Pittsburgh tonight, but RBs J.K. Dobbins and Mark Ingram aren’t allowed on the team plane because they’re still in COVID protocols, per source.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) December 1, 2020
As of now, the expectation is they’ll fly on game day. Both are eligible to play the #Steelers.
NFL Schedule Changes:
Recapping all the #NFL News from today: A Thread— Fantasy Sports Radio (@SiriusXMFantasy) November 30, 2020
Week 12 #Steelers v #Ravens: 3:40pmET Wednesday 12/2
Week 13 #Steelers v #WashingtonFootball 5ET Mon. 12/7
Week 13 #Ravens v #Cowboys 8:05pmET Tues. 12/8
Ravens/Steelers has officially been postponed to Wednesday. Should still count towards Week 12 stats in fantasy football.
Ravens-Steelers postponed to Wednesday, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 30, 2020
OTHER SCHEDULE ADJUSTMENTS:
Steelers-Ravens being moved to Wednesday, time to be determined. Also, Steelers-Washington game being moved to Monday, per sources.— Gerry Dulac (@gerrydulac) November 30, 2020
Week 13 currently has Washington at Pittsburgh on Sunday, and Cowboys at Ravens next Monday. Those could be impacted by a third postponement to Ravens-Steelers. https://t.co/TIqLnoZscX— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 30, 2020
The New England Patriots have placed WR Julian Edelman on the reserve/COVID list
The Patriots have placed WR Julian Edelman on the Covid-19 list.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) November 30, 2020
Apparently, Tuesday night's Ravens/Steelers game is still in jeopardy as the Ravens have not been given any information regarding their travel plans to Pittsburgh, according to Adam Schefter.
NFL still is waiting on the results from today’s round of COVID tests, per sources. Ravens cannot go until they are cleared - if they are cleared. There will be uneasy, uncomfortable people if trip goes on, but two organizations and a network awaiting word. https://t.co/ncBTOvFRSw— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 30, 2020
The Carolina Panthers have placed DE Yetur Gross-Matos on the reserve/COVID list.
Contrary to an earlier report taht stated no new positives for the Ravens, TE Mark Andrews has tested positive for COVID-19 and will not play Tuesday. LB Matt Judon and WR Willie Snead also tested positive and will be unavailable Tuesday.
Ravens' Pro Bowl TE Mark Andrews , a Type 1 diabetic, has tested positive for COVID-19, per source. Andrews is out for Tuesday night's game vs. the Steelers and will become at least the 11th Ravens player to go on the Reserve/COVID list.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 29, 2020
Updating a previous story, the 49ers are looking into playing their remaining home games in Arizona.
There were no new positive tests Saturday for the Baltimore Ravens. They have nine players and eight staffers who have tested positive in total right now. Tuesday's Ravens/Steelers game is still on for Tuesday night.
As of this morning, there have been nine Ravens players and eight staffers who have tested positive in the past week, per sources. There were no new positives on Saturday.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 29, 2020
The Ravens-Steelers game for Tuesday night is still on, and the NFL intends to have it played, per sources.
The Denver Broncos do not have an eligible QB on their roster after all current quarterbacks were deemed high-risk and placed on the reserve/COVID list. WR Kendall Hinton is being called up from the practice squad and expected to stary for the Broncos at QB. He played quarterback at Wake Forest.. Start that Saints D/ST.
All the QBs on the Broncos' roster are ineligible to play Sunday against the Saints after being deemed high-risk, close contacts, sources tell ESPN.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 28, 2020
None were wearing masks at the time of exposure, per source.
Due to shelter-in-place orders, by order of the Santa Clara county, no college or professional sports teams are allowed to play games within the county. The San Franciso 49ers have no place to play their home game next week.
The Pittsburgh Steelers are now dealing with an outbreak of their own as three more players were placed on the reserve/COVID list, including James Conner , after a player and two staff members were already out after positive tests.
Steelers placed three players on Reserve/COVID on Friday. Now more positives today. https://t.co/N2vfEAmJX6— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 28, 2020
Another one bites the dust as the Indianapolis Colts place rookie RB Jonathan Taylor on the reserve/COVID list.
The Ravens/Steelers game has officially been moved to Tuesday, December 1. It will count towards Week 12 in fantasy football.
Now confirmed: Tuesday game, Ravens-Steelers.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 27, 2020
The Los Angeles Rams have shut down their practice facility Friday after reporting two positive COVID-19 tests.
Rams cancel Friday practice out of an abundance of caution— Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) November 27, 2020
The Denver Broncos are shutting down their team facility today due to three positive COVID-19 tests to players and staff.
Statement from the Broncos: pic.twitter.com/BFm0F4uXod— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) November 27, 2020
Baltimore Ravens are disciplining their strength and conditioning coach for violating team protocols, they are shutting down their practice faciltiy until Monday, QB Lamar Jackson has tested posotive for COVID-19 amd Sunday's game is in jeopardy.
Ravens players were told today by their HC John Harbaugh that, for everyone’s safety, they will not be allowed back in the training facility until Monday at the earliest, sources tell ESPN.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 27, 2020
Ravens are scheduled to play Steelers on Sunday, so that game doesn’t seem possible.
Recapping the past 24 hours:— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) November 27, 2020
NFL postponed #Ravens-#Steelers from tonight to 1:15 p.m. Sunday after more positive COVID-19 tests in Baltimore
Ravens disciplined a strength coach for not wearing a mask, other violations
NFL MVP Lamar Jackson tested positive, per @RapSheet
It's getting ugly in Baltimore...
The Ravens have multiple new positive Covid test results today. NFL continues to closely monitor the situation to determine if this game is still played Sunday. No changes to status yet— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) November 26, 2020
***The Steelers/Ravens game has officially been moved from Thanksgiving Day to Sunday***
Instead of three, there will only be 2 Thanksgiving Day games — #Texans-#Lions and #Cowboys-#Washington. “This decision was made out of an abundance of caution to ensure the health and safety of players, coaches and game day personnel and in consultation with medical experts." https://t.co/BmIl66Fa9a— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 25, 2020
The Browns have reported a positive COVID-19 test and will close their facility today. Firther test rsults are pending and contact tracing are underway.
Another positive player test this morning in Cleveland. https://t.co/mttHyU6Z7E— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 25, 2020
Contact tracing has been completed for the Jaguars coaching staff and they are hoping to have most of them back for the weekend. They will all work virtually for the time being.
Update: Contact tracing is done, and the #Jaguars are hoping to have most of the defensive coaching staff back by this weekend, I’m told. They’ll continue to coach virtually until they return. https://t.co/a9xaDdkLFc— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) November 25, 2020
The Vikings are awaiting further news regarding Adam Thielen who has now tested both positive and negative for COVID-19
Teddy Bridgewater and Christian McCaffrey are both expected to get some practice work Wednesday as the #Panthers prepare for the #Vikings, who are awaiting word on WR Adam Thielen ’s status after positive -- and negative --COVID-19 tests. @NFLTotalAccess @nflnetwork pic.twitter.com/8psNXlrEvx— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) November 25, 2020
The Ravens count is now up to 10 positive tests for players and what the NFL is calling Tier 1/Tier 2 personnel. A decision as to whether or not Thursday's game will be postponed is pending.
The NFL is closely monitoring the situation with the #Ravens, who have had 10 confirmed new positive COVID-19 cases among players and Tier 1/Tier 2 personnel in the past week. Expect decisions Wednesday before the team travels to Pittsburgh. @NFLTotalAccess @nflnetwork pic.twitter.com/FoK0pOFlpN— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) November 25, 2020
The Jacksonville Jaguars entire defensive coaching staff is out of the building because of COVI-19 protocols. Contact tracing is underway
The #Jaguars’ entire defensive coaching staff is out of the building today because of COVID-19 protocols, sources tell me and @mikegarafolo. Contact tracing underway. Not yet clear how it may impact who's available for practice and Sunday’s game against the #Browns.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) November 24, 2020
Ravens LB Pernell McPhee is one of the players who tested positive for COVID-19. He will not play Thursday
Ravens placed outside linebacker Pernell McPhee on the Reserve/COVID-19 list. He’s out Thursday night.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 24, 2020
Official word is the Ravens have five players and four staff member who tested positive for COVID-19
Ravens now have had five players and four staffers test positive for COVID this week, sources tell ESPN.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 24, 2020
Thursday night’s game vs. the Steelers still is on, as scheduled, but one source warned that further positives could mean postponing it.
The Baltimore Ravens will continue to work virtually due to the COVID-19 outbreak on the team. They are also cancelling all media availability.
The Minnseota VIkings placed WR Adam Thielen on the reserve/COVID list
Ravens have had multiple positives tests for COVID-19 and has shut down their facility, according to a source.— Jamison Hensley (@jamisonhensley) November 23, 2020
Team learned of the positive tests last night and has been communicating with the league.
The San Francisco 49ers have had a COVID outbreak during their bye week as the total number of players on the reserve/COVID list is up to nine.
The San Francisco 49ers have placed WR Brandon Aiyuk and two other players on the reserv/COVID list (49ers are on a bye this week)
The Raiders have already activated DB Lamarcus Joyner from the COVID-19 list, one of their starters placed on the list this week. Others expected off tomorrow.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) November 20, 2020
Meanwhile, the Ravens have placed QB Trace McSorley on the COVID-19 list.
The Browns have placed DE Myles Garrett on the reserve/COVID list and he will be out for Week 11
The Giants have placed WR Dante Pettis and two more players on the reserve/COVID list (Giants have a bye this week)
The #Giants, who are on a bye and not in the facility, had three players test positive for COVID-19, source said.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 20, 2020
We have a serious issue with the Las Vegas Raiders right now as nearly the entire defense has been placed on the reserve/COVID list and is in quarantine.
This is wild: Nearly the entire #Raiders starting defense is going on the COVID-19 list because of high-risk close contacts, but all are eligible to play in the game if they continue to test negatively, sources tell me and @TomPelissero.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 18, 2020
The NFL has had 53 positive coronavirus tests over the past seven days, including 18 amongst players and 35 amongst personnel.
The Los Angeles Rams have a player who tested positive for COVID-19 and are now undergoing the protocols for contact tracing and isolation.
Statement from the Los Angeles Rams: pic.twitter.com/lcxklfWNzo— Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) November 18, 2020
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Drew Lock (ribs) has a "pretty severe strain and bruising" but has avoided any fractures.
The New York Giants have place K Graham Gano on the reserve/COVID list
The Atlanta Falcons have placed WR Laquon Treadwell on the reserve/COVID list.
The Washington Football Team has shut down their facility after a player tested positive for COVID-19
The Washington Football Team is going into intensive protocols after a player was confirmed positive for COVID-19, source said.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) November 17, 2020
The player hasn't been in the facility the past three days and didn't travel for Sunday's game at Detroit.
Josh Norman of the Buffalo Bills has tested positive for Covid-19 and will not play against the Cardinals this weekend. Due to close contact tracing tight end Tyler Kroft , cornerback Levi Wallace and safety Dean Marlowe have also been ruled out.
A player on the Cleveland Browns has tested positive for COVID-19. He is in isolation, the team has cancelled practice and the facility has been shut down for today.
Earlier this morning, we were informed that a player’s test results have come back positive for COVID-19.— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) November 13, 2020
Our facility is closed this morning while contact tracing is being conducted. pic.twitter.com/vayKqtPf0T
Baltimore Ravens CB Iman Marshall has tested positive for COVID-19 and is currently in isolation. Contact tracing is currently being done.
Source: Ravens CB Marshall positive for virus https://t.co/XYxICJNJBv— Jamison Hensley (@jamisonhensley) November 12, 2020
The #Dolphins are placing LB Kyle Van Noy , DL Christian Wilkins and practice squad WR Matt Cole on the Reserve/COVID-19 list and removing WR/RB Lynn Bowden Jr. Jr. Jr. Jr. Jr. Jr. Jr. Jr. Jr. from the list, I’m told.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) November 12, 2020
The Ravens announced that a player has tested positive for COVID-19 this morning. He is in isolation now and apparently there are no high-risk contacts
The #Ravens announced it learned this morning a player has tested positive for COVID-19. He immediately began to self-quarantine, and the organization is now in the NFL’s intensive protocol. No high-risk close contacts.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) November 12, 2020
The Chiefs have requested an inquiry/investigation with the NFLPA as a union rep apparently held a meeting with players late last month and was not wearing a mask of following league protocols.
2/2 Concern is this is a violation of NFL-NFLPA protocols and the rep is not subject to same testing as players and personnel and regularly travels among clubs, per source. NFL and team believes this created unnecessary risk of exposure to players and staff. https://t.co/XG8b60qFUb— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 11, 2020
The Bengals/Steelers game remains as scheduled despite both teams dealing with COVID-19 issues. The Bengals have placed six players on the reserve/COVID list over the last seven days while the Steelers have Ben Roethlisberger and three others in quarantine due to close contact with Vance McDonald , who tested positive.
The #Bengals-#Steelers game remains on as scheduled after positive COVID-19 tests in both buildings in recent days, per source. Both teams following protocols to isolate anyone with high-risk close contact exposure.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) November 11, 2020
Latest COVID-19 monitoring results from the NFL/NFLPA:
Latest Covid-19 monitoring results from the NFL/NFLPA:— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) November 10, 2020
15 new confirmed positive tests among players, 41 new confirmed positives among personnel. pic.twitter.com/S8EqCb7C9g
#Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger and three teammates were deemed to have "high risk" close contact with TE Vance McDonald on Sunday, source said. They're eligible to return to facility Saturday, provided they test negative and no symptoms. Pittsburgh hosts the #Bengals on Sunday.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) November 10, 2020
The Pittsburgh Steelers had a player test positive for COVID-19. They will go through the proper protocols for isolation and contact tracing.
Browns QB Baker Mayfield was placed on the reserve/COVID list due to being in close contact with someone who tested positive. He could be activated Wednesday if all tests come back negative.
All contact-tracing tests run by the Ravens following Marlon Humphrey 's positive COVID-19 tests have beeen completed and all Baltimore Ravens players have been reinstated for Sunday.
The Miami Dolphins had an assistant coach test positive for COVID-19 and the team is now dealing with the proper league protocols. No word as to whether or not this will affect the team's travel plans to Arizona this weekend.
Statement from the Miami Dolphins. pic.twitter.com/hyYOXpOsGn— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) November 6, 2020
The Atlanta Falcons had a staff member test positive for COVID-19 and the team is following protocol for virtual meetings. No word as to whether this will affect the status of this weekend's game against the Broncos.
49ers WR Kendrick Bourne and the three players with whome he lives have all tested negative for COVID-19 and the NFL and team are going under the assumption that Bourne's first test was a false positive. Unfortunately, he, Brandon Aiyuk, Deebo Samuel and Trent Williams must all remain on the reserve/COVID list and still can't play tonight.
It is looking as if #49ers WR Kendrick Bourne ’s test from yesterday was a false positive, according to source close to him. He and three others who live with him have all tested negative. Still, he, Brandon Aiyuk, Deebo Samuel, Trent Williams must remain on COVID-19 list today.— Matt Maiocco (@MaioccoNBCS) November 5, 2020
No new positive tests for the 49ers or Packers this morning so this game, for better or for worse, will be played today.
No new positive test results for the Packers or 49ers, source says. Thursday night's game in Santa Clara remains on as scheduled.— MarkMaske (@MarkMaske) November 5, 2020
The Texans have shut down their practice facility after a player tested positive for COVID-19
Texans announce they are shutting down their facility for the day after a player tested positive for COVID-19.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 5, 2020
A staff member of the Indianapolis Colts tested positive for COVID-19. Meetings will be done virtually, but apparently practice is still on.
Learning that Matthew Stafford was placed on the reserve/COVID list becuase of contact concenrs, not that he tested positive. He is still eligible to play Sunday if he continues to test negative.
Lions' QB Matthew Stafford is considered a "high-risk, close contact" from a non team member, per source. His last contact was Monday, which means he would be eligible to come off the Resvere/COVID list Sunday and play vs. the Vikings, pending negative tests for him, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 4, 2020
The Detroit Lions have placed QB Matthew Stafford on the reserve/COVID list, but we are not sure yet as to whether he has tested positive or if he was in contact with someone who did.
As of now, my understanding is it’s uncertain whether #Lions QB Matthew Stafford will be able to play Sunday against the #Vikings. If he landed on the list because of high-risk close contact, it’d depend when the contact occurred, since there’s a mandatory five-day isolation.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) November 4, 2020
The San Francisco 49ers have shut down their facility Wednesday due to a positive COVID test for WR Kendrick Bourne . They are currently conducting contact tracing and while their game against the Packers remains on-schedule, things could change quickly.
49ers’ WR Kendrick Bourne tested positive, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 4, 2020
The Cowboys have placed QB Andy Dalton on the reserve/COVID list. He will not play in Week 9 which means the Cowboys will be relying on either Ben DiNucci again or former AAF QB Garrett Gilbert this week against Pittsburgh.
The Dallas Cowboys will be without quarterback Andy Dalton for a second straight game but not because of the concussion he sustained two weeks ago. Dalton will be placed on the reserve/COVID 19 list on Tuesday, which will knock him out of Sunday’s game... https://t.co/126lxlBS2k— Todd Archer (@toddarcher) November 3, 2020
Broncos GM John Elway and team CEO Joe Ellis have tested positive for COVID-19. They will remain in quarantine away from the team, but start keeping tabs on the Broncos players as well.
COVID strikes top 2 Broncos executives: CEO Joe Ellis, GM John Elway learned early today they have tested positive for novel virus, per source. Team informed its employees this morning. #9sports— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) November 3, 2020
No new positive tests for the Baltimore Ravens on Tuesday. They are continuing contact tracing for DB Marlon Humphrey
The #Ravens also had no new positives from Monday’s COVID-19 testing, per sources.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) November 3, 2020
Determinations still being made on close contacts to CB Marlon Humphrey , who tested positive Sunday and won't play this week against the #Colts.
With Sunday morning, game-day testing, in full effect, we've learned that Green Bay Packers RB A.J. Dillon and Baltimore Ravens DB Marlon Humphrey both tested positive for COVID-19 and played in Week 8. Dillon will be out for Thursday night's Packers/49ers game and Humphrey will remain in quarantine. Additional tests are likely to be done on all Packers, Vikings, Ravens and Steelers.
Packers’ RB AJ Dillon is out for Thursday night’s game against the 49ers due to COVID-19 protocols, league sources tell ESPN. Dillon played Sunday and there have to be concerns about his offensive teammates.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 2, 2020
Aaron Jones still uncertain. Jamaal Williams is lone reliable RB.
Humphrey played all 53 defensive snaps in Sunday's loss to the #Steelers.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) November 2, 2020
Again: Through eight weeks, the NFL and its medical experts have found no evidence of on-field transmission. https://t.co/U0mOyRD3UN
No players have tested positive for COVID-19, but Broncos DC Ed Donatell did and will remain away from the team.
The #Broncos assistant who tested positive is DC Ed Donatell. Told trainers he wasn’t feeling great, self reported. Participated in Zoom stuff but won’t coach today. Vic Fangio calls the defense. https://t.co/FJuxzL0KRe— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) November 1, 2020
Despite being given the green light to practice today, Broncos HC Vic Fangio has cancelled Friday's practice. The team will resume practice on Saturday.
Broncos’ HC Vic Fangio informed his team this morning that, even though it has been cleared to practice today, he is postponing practice and will do virtual meetings instead. Team expected to practice Saturday. https://t.co/A9qEulfJIy— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 30, 2020
Two more positive tests reported today -- Broncos offensive lineman and a Vikings linebacker. More to follow
Two more positive tests for two more players on two separate teams, per sources:— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 30, 2020
A Broncos’ offensive lineman tested positive.
A Vikings’ linebacker tested positive.
The New York Giants have placed LG Will Hernandez on the reserve/COVID list and now the team is putting their entire offensive line in isolations -- very similar to what happened with the Raiders last week.
The Jaguars have placed RB Chris Thompson on the reserve/COVID list. Apparently he is the only member of the team to test positvie and the Chargers/Jaguars game will be played
No new positives for the Raiders or the Saints so both games will play Sunday as scheduled.
All four members of the Raiders offensive line who have been in isolation have been removed from the reserve/COVID list
All four Raiders OL who were placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list due to exposure to RT Trent Brown have been removed from the list and ARE available to play tomorrow: LT Kolton Miller , C Rodney Hudson , G Gabe Jackson and G Denzelle Good .— Field Yates (@FieldYates) October 24, 2020
DL David Irving has also been elevated.
Saints place WR Emmanuel Sanders on the reserve/COVID list. Head coach Sean Payton does not believe this will affect the rest of the team as they seem to be aware of how Sanders contracted it and it is not NFL related.
Sean Payton on Emmanuel Sanders testing positive for COVID-19: Protocols have been outstanding. He got this at home. He knows exactly how he got it, and I'll leave it at that.— Katherine Terrell (@Kat_Terrell) October 23, 2020
No new positive tests from the Raiders (or Broncos who apparently had a contact scare) so their game against the Bucs remains on as scheduled (4:00pm ET)
No more positive tests this morning for the Raiders or Broncos, per sources.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 23, 2020
Games remain on track to be played Sunday.
To ensure there will be a game played Sunday night, the Raiders/Bucs has been moved to 4:00 pm ET and the Seahawks/Cardinals game will now be played at 8:20pm ET
With the Raiders offensive line quarantined, this schedule change ensures that there will be a game for Sunday Night Football. Now Bucs and Raiders always can be pushed back, though that is not in the NFL’s plans at this time. https://t.co/2LE5IV2kM7— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 22, 2020
The Raiders have place their entire starting offensive line on the reserve/COVID list. They have five days to quarantine which could leave them eligible Sunday morning but none are allowed to practice.
Confirmed: #Raiders OL and Abram all going on COVID-19 list as they have been deemed HIGH RISK contacts, so they are now ‘quarantined’ for 5 days plus last day of contact, which was Monday. Which means they could conceivably be cleared Sunday morning via a POC test but (more)...— Paul Gutierrez (@PGutierrezESPN) October 22, 2020
...signing a street free agent doesn’t work either because they would then have to go through 6-day entry protocol. Moving game back to Monday or Tuesday seems most likely at this juncture.— Paul Gutierrez (@PGutierrezESPN) October 22, 2020
Raiders linemen remain in isolation. Should they remain asymptomatic and test results are negative, all but Trent Brown, who was placed on the reserve/COVID list already, will be eligible to play Sunday against the Buccaneers.
The #Raiders’ entire offensive line was sent home Wednesday after RT Trent Brown tested positive for COVID-19. But as long as the others test negative and remain asymptomatic, only Brown is likely to miss Sunday night’s game against the #Bucs. @nflnetwork @gmfb pic.twitter.com/i0SOPuFvu6— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) October 22, 2020
The Las Vegas Raiders placed RT Trent Brown on the reserve/COVID list after a positive test and contct tracing has now caused them to send home another five offensive linemen.
The #Raiders are placing RT Trent Brown on the Reserve/COVID-19 list, per source.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) October 21, 2020
Contact tracing is underway; they’re coming off a bye and players were off Tuesday, so minimal recent contact. Facility is open and practice begins shortly.
Jon Gruden said #Raiders "had to send five starting linemen home because they were around Trent [Brown]," who will reportedly go on the COVID-19 list. "Hopefully we'll get some players back tomorrow for Sunday."— Paul Gutierrez (@PGutierrezESPN) October 21, 2020
Las Vegas Raiders put CB Damon Arnette on the reserve/COVID list. No other players tested positive.
The #Raiders are placing CB Damon Arnette on the Reserve/COVID-19 list, per source.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) October 19, 2020
No other Las Vegas players or personnel tested positive. Arnette, the first-round pick, was already on injured reserve following thumb surgery.
No new positives this morning. All games will play
All clear. No new positives across the league, per source. Play football.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 18, 2020
The Denver Broncos announced that their running backs coach, Curtis Modkins, tested positive for COVID-19 and will not travel with the team to their game against the Patriots. The good sign is that the Broncos are still traveling to New England.
The Jacksonville Jaguars have announced they received a positive test on one of their practice squad players. They have shut down their facility on Saturday and are taking all the necessary precautions. They plan to play Sunday's game, but will be working closely with the NFL on this over the next 24 hours.
The Patriots, Falcons and Colts have all re-opened their practice/training facilities in the last 24 hours and it would appear as if all three games formerly in jeopardy will play this week.
In the past 24 hours, the Patriots, Colts, Falcons all have reopened after shutting down for further testing and extra precautions. https://t.co/VcyOEzEpMG— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 17, 2020
The New England Patriots have cancelled their Friday practice due to another positive COVID-19 test. They are awaiting more test results and could shut down their facility for the second time in two weeks.
Reporting with @FieldYates: The Patriots will be canceling their Friday practice after a positive COVID-19 test, per a source. There is also a second test they are awaiting to confirm is a positive.— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) October 16, 2020
NFL and Colts announce that tests were false positives so Colts/Bengals looks good to play Sunday.
Colts had one player and three staff members with troubling initial tests, but all four came back as false positives after the rerun, per sources.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 16, 2020
Bengals at Colts, Sunday, 1 pm.
The Atlanta Falcons players and coaches are returning to the team facility today after tests have cleared. All signs point towards the Falcons/Vikings game being played Sunday.
Falcons tests have cleared, and players and staff are returning to their facility today, per source. Game on track for Sunday in Minnesota.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 16, 2020
The Indianapolis Colts have shut down their team facility due to a number of positive COVID-19 tests. No confirmation as to whether any of the players have tested positive. More news to come regarding the status of the Colts/Bengals game.
Colts have shut down facility and are just going through process of confirming the tests. More to come later today... pic.twitter.com/ZprmxygQx8— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 16, 2020
With the Falcons positive test coming from an assistant coach and not a player, the NFL is allowing the Falcons to re-open their facility today, but the team has opted to wait until Friday for precautionary reasons.
It was a #Falcons assistant coach who was confirmed positive for COVID-19 this morning, per source. The team had the option to return to the facility this afternoon, but decided to operate virtually all day as a precaution. Plan is back tomorrow, barring further issues.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) October 15, 2020
The Falcons/Vikings remains scheduled for its Sunday 1:00pm ET kickoff
There is no change to the status of Sunday's Falcons-Vikings at this time.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 15, 2020
We are now receiving word that it is only one positive test for the Atlanta Falcons and it is a personnel member, not a player. Facility is still shut down.
Update: An NFL official said just one member of the Falcons’ personnel had a positive test, and its not a player.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 15, 2020
Adam Schefter is reporting there are four positive tests for the Atlanta Falcons. Facility remains shut down.
Falcons had four positive tests this morning, according to sources. https://t.co/vsKiYBNUqQ— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 15, 2020
Sources are reporting multiple positive tests for the Atlanta Falcons who are now shutting down their facility.
Falcons are shutting down their facility after multiple positive tests, sources tell ESPN.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 15, 2020
Accoridng to Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network, there has been a major change to the NFL-NFLPA protocols distributed to clubs Monday: Anyone with "high risk" close contact exposure to a COVID-19 positive individual must be isolated for at least 5 days, even if the person is negative and remains asymptomatic.
The Atlanta Falcons have placed rookie DL Marlon Davidson on the Reserve/COVID-19 list
Falcons place rookie DL Marlon Davidson on reserve-COVID-19 list.— vaughn mcclure (@vxmcclure23) October 13, 2020
The Chiefs have added FB Anthony Sherman to the Reserve/COVID-19 list after announcing no positive tests earlier in the morning.
Chiefs' FB Anthony Sherman added to Reserve/COVID 19 list, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 13, 2020
No new positive tests for the Titans which means the Tuesday night game between them and the the Bills is a full-go. Start 'em if you got 'em!
No new positive tests for the Chiefs or the Patriots. If the trend continues, the Patriots will re-open their practice facility Wednesday and will be able to play in Week 6.
The #Patriots and #Chiefs also had no new positives from Monday's COVID-19 testing, per source.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) October 13, 2020
If all stays on track, New England planning to return to practice field Wednesday following its unexpected bye.
October 12 at 8:15am ET
The Patriots had no new positive tests in the latest round of testing from Sunday, per a source.— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) October 12, 2020
The Tennessee Titans reported no new positives from Sunday's round of testing. More testing still to come.
The #Titans had no new positives from Sunday’s round of COVID-19 testing, per source.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) October 12, 2020
More testing still to come, but Tennessee practiced yesterday and remains on track to play tomorrow night against the #Bills.
October 11 at 2:45pm ET
NFL Schedule Changes Just Released
Current Changes in the NFL Week 5 Schedule:
Buffalo Bills at Tennessee Titans has been moved to Tuesday, October 13 at 7pm ET, pending no new positive tests.
Denver Broncos at New England Patriots has been moved to NEXT Sunday, October 19 (Week 6); the Broncos/Dolphins game originally scheduled for Week 6 will now be moved to a later date.
Most Recent Changes to the NFL Week 5/6 Schedules:
For Week 6, Thursday's Chiefs/Bills game has been moved to Monday night, October 19
Breaking news: Chiefs-Bills will now be moved to next Monday Night @@NFLONFOX— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) October 11, 2020
The New Engalnd/Denver game has officially been moved to Week 6 -- Sunday, October 19 -- GET YOUR BRONCOS & PATRIOTS OUT OF YOUR WEEK 5 FANTASY FOOTBALL LINEUPS
Denver/Miami, originally scheduled for Week 6 will now be moved to a later week.
Broncos-Patriots game is being moved to next Sunday, sources tell ESPN.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 11, 2020
Broncos were supposed to play Miami; that won’t happen. That game is being rescheduled.
The Tennessee Titans have now shut down their practice facility after a coach has tested positive for the coronavirus.
And now the Titans have shut down their facility again after a coach tested positive.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 11, 2020
The New England Patriots have one positive test this morning. As of now the game is still scheduled to play Monday, but it is now pending more tests. The Patriots practice facility has been closed.
Patriots’ one positive test this morning now makes it four positive tests over the past eight days. The game vs Denver already had been pushed from Sunday to Monday night, and it now is in question. https://t.co/9ev4woeO4B— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 11, 2020
Adam Schefter reports the New England Patriots, who will be playing Denver on Monday night at 5pm ET, have returned to their practice facility today, but neither QB Cam Newton nor DB Stephon Gillmore were present as both tested positive for the coronavirus.
No new positive tests for either Tennessee Titans or New England Patriots
An unnamed practice squad player for the Chicago Bears has tested positive for the coronavirus.
A strength and conditioning coach for the Kansas CIty Chiefs has tested positive for the coronavirus. Contact tracing is underway.
There are no new positives in Tennessee nor New England, but there are now two other positive tests: one for a practice squad player in Chicago, but Bears have been closed since Thursday night, and a strength and conditioning coach in Kansas City, per source. Tracing is ongoing.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 10, 2020
Arizona Cardinals plane schedule to fly to Ne Jersey at 6pm ET. The Cardinals/Jets game will play as scheduled Sunday.
Cardinals’ team plane is scheduled to fly to New Jersey at 6 ET, and the plan remains in place. Team is now departing for the East coast in 90 minutes.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 9, 2020
NFL Reports say Jets "perceived positive" test is confirmed as a "false positive."
New York Jets practice facilty is shut down due to a "perceived positive" test. Players and coaches have been sent home.
Jets’ training facility is shut down and the team is going virtual until they have the results of the test they are re-running on the player who tested positive this morning.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 9, 2020
No new positive tests for either Tennessee Titans or New England Patriots
No positives this morning for both the Titans and Patriots means that their games now are on track to be played.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 9, 2020
NFL announces that Week 6 Bills/Chiefs game has been moved from Thursday, Octobe 15 to Sunday, October 18 if the Week 5 Titans/Bills game plays on Tuesday.
Titans-Bills game scheduled for Sunday is being moved to Tuesday at 6 pm as long as there are no more positive tests with Tennessee, per sources.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 8, 2020
Bills-Chiefs game being switched from next Thursday to Sunday but goes back it more positive tests in Tennessee, per source.